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Teaching the New Zealand Wars: Iwi- and hapū-led histories

Liana MacDonald

A pragmatic response to the government announcement that New Zealand histories will be taught in all schools by 2022 are the questions of what should be taught, and how? I argue that iwi and hapū must be at the forefront of conversations. This article looks critically at how Janene, a Pākehā museum educator, taught Year 13 history students about difficult histories in the Waipā district. In particular, this article examines how Janene strategically accounted for the students’ emotional readiness to listen to iwi and hapū perspectives of the New Zealand Wars at sites of historical colonial violence.

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